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Armstrong Hopes to Return New, Improved

Posted Jan 19, 2012

Anthony Armstrong was one of the feel-good stories of 2010. After a disappointing follow-up campaign last year, he plans to review "everything" about his play this offseason.


Anthony Armstrong was one of the feel-good stories of 2010.

He had a disappointing follow-up campaign last year, though.

One year after breaking through with 44 catches for 871 yards and three touchdowns, Armstrong posted just seven catches for 103 yards and two touchdowns last season.

He was slowed by a hamstring injury early on and never seemed to establish himself as a regular presence in the offense afterwards. He had just three catches the final 15 weeks of the season.

Armstrong reflected on his season one day after the Redskins' finale.

“It was extremely frustrating, especially coming off that previous season,” he said. “I had set goals really high. I expected to do big things and help the team. To go all the way down to seven catches is disappointing.”

Armstrong’s ability as a stretch-the-field receiver was not ignored by coaches. He worked his way into offensive packages that fit his skill set.

“Eventually I fell into a role and I accepted it,” he said. “I did the most that I could and hopefully it was enough to keep me around [next season].”

Armstrong figures he will have to compete for a roster spot next season, as opposed to last year when he was a virtual certainty to be on the team.

Asked if he was worried about his future with the Redskins, he replied: “I kind of think about that every day, just because that’s the nature of the business, especially when you’re not that productive...I’m not taking anything out of my locker, and I’m planning on being able to come back.

“But whatever happens, at the end of the day I just want to make sure I don’t have any regrets about it.”

Armstrong plans to review “everything” about his performance last season and find ways to be more consistent.

He mentioned improving his route-running and beating bump coverage as areas to work on this offseason.

“Everything I was doing before, just do it better,” he said.

Armstrong is optimistic about the Redskins’ future, despite the team's 5-11 record last season.

He looks at the two wins against NFC finalist New York Giants and the Week 12 victory over Seattle as games the team can build on in 2012.

Armstrong’s most memorable play of last season came in the Seattle game. He caught a 50-yard touchdown pass from Rex Grossman that helped the Redskins come back from a 10-point deficit in a 23-17 victory.

“I look at the times we played as a complete team and how we can build off those games,” he said. “We know we have a good foundation.”

Armstrong added: “I just want to help us find a way to win and go forward.”